Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.
Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Several years ago a good friend gave me a little devotional program called Jesus Calling for my phone and I-pad. Perhaps you have heard of it. I was not very good about reading in the beginning but in an effort to be a bit more disciplined in my quiet time made a personal commitment to begin each day by reading Jesus Calling before reading, watching, or listening to anything else. Sometimes my attention span is not long, but these devotionals are only a few paragraphs supported by 3-4 short scriptures.
Invariably these speak to the glory and majesty of God and His constant presence in our lives. In a very concise way, God’s interest in being part of our ENTIRE life is shared. The focus is most often on recognizing His part in blessing our life each and every day in all circumstances.
This recognition of God’s hand stands out more and more as I mature. There is so little I can actually influence and fix. When I keep the perspective that circumstances and things are all God’s and trust him, the pressure and influence of what I want falls away and is replaced with inner peace. This peace opens my eyes to the many blessings that inhabit each minute of every day.
For most of my adult life, I have been a list maker. This includes the myriad of work and personal activities on a daily basis that help me stay focused. The list is always longer than anyone could ever accomplish but something completed is better than nothing. Recently I was taught another kind of list. Our youngest son, who has helped me grow up, recently shared his daily practice. Each morning he writes down his “gratitude list.” He consciously remembers his blessings. Matt said to me, “You know Dad, it is really hard to have a bad day when I live with a spirit of gratitude.”
My morning with Jesus Calling helps me remember to begin my day with a grateful spirit. At times I make a list. Putting words to our blessings and writing them down makes them more real. As I practice this discipline, I feel my attitude toward life and those around me brighten.
Here’s my challenge to you:
Will you make your “Gratitude List”?
Note how you feel before and after.
What is the difference?
How does your gratitude list change over time?
Adjusting your perspective to one of appreciation may open your heart to more fully feel God in all aspects of your life. I have found a new and ongoing appreciation for life with God in control. God is good ALL THE TIME!